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Reinecke: Cello Concerto and works by Schumann, Bloch, Tavener & Golijov / Michael Samis, cello; Eric Willie, marimba, James Button, oboe

Album Summary

>Reinecke, Carl : Concerto for Cello in D minor, Op. 82
>Tavener, John : Thrinos, for cello
>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
>Bloch, Ernest : Suite no 1 for solo cello
>Golijov, Osvaldo : Mariel, version for cello & marimba
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

When award-winning cellist Michael Samis discovered the neglected Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D Minor, Op. 82, by Carl Heinrich Reinecke (1795-1883), its "soaring melodies and brilliant virtuosity" immediately inspired him to learn it. Of this brilliant and prolific Romantic-era composer's nearly 300 works, the vast majority are rarely included in today's performing repertoire and are largely unknown to the musical public. Delos has thus joined forces with Michael in this - his first solo album - hoping to restore this appealing and beautifully crafted work to today's concert halls, as well as to revive the musical world's interest in the life's work of a composer who is ripe for rediscovery. The album also offers a varied assortment of remarkable shorter works by Sir John Tavener, Ernest Bloch (for solo cello), Robert Schumann (with orchestra), and Osvaldo Golijov (with marimba). Michael's smooth and sonorous cello is beautifully complemented by the Gateway Chamber Orchestra under the assured baton of conductor Gregory Wolynec (Reinecke, Schumann) and accomplished marimbist Eric Willie (Golijov).

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The Reinecke Cello Concerto is a 27-minute work dating from 1864. The composer is relatively well known, but this is claimed to be the first recording of this concerto. It is the first time I have heard it and I can recommend it highly as a powerful and beautifully lyrical work, played to a turn by Samis and the orchestra. This is a varied and well-played program where the Reinecke Concerto is the main item.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mabry Concert Hall, Austin Peay State University, Clark (06/17/2013-06/18/2013).



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>Reinecke, Carl : Concerto for Cello in D minor, Op. 82
  • Performer: Michael Samis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gregory Wolynec
  • Ensemble: Gateway Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Mabry Concert Hall, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (06/17/2013-06/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Tavener, John : Thrinos, for cello
  • Performer: Michael Samis (Cello)
  • Notes: Mabry Concert Hall, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (06/17/2013-06/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Schumann, Robert : Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70
  • Performers: James Button (Oboe); Michael Samis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gregory Wolynec
  • Notes: Mabry Concert Hall, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (06/17/2013-06/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849

>Bloch, Ernest : Suite no 1 for solo cello
  • Performer: Michael Samis (Cello)
  • Notes: Mabry Concert Hall, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (06/17/2013-06/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Golijov, Osvaldo : Mariel, version for cello & marimba
  • Performers: Michael Samis (Cello); Eric Willie (Marimba)
  • Notes: Mabry Concert Hall, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN (06/17/2013-06/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001